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Is that still the same? Has that Changed? On the Accuracy of Measuring Change with Dependent Interviewing

Jackle, Annette and Eckman, Stephanie (2019) 'Is that still the same? Has that Changed? On the Accuracy of Measuring Change with Dependent Interviewing.' Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. ISSN 2325-0984

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Abstract

Measurement and analysis of change is one of the primary reasons to conduct panel surveys, but studies have shown that estimates of change from panel surveys can be subject to measurement error, most commonly overreporting of change. For this reason, many panel surveys use a technique called proactive dependent interviewing, which reminds respondents of their answer in the previous wave and has been shown to reduce the capturing of spurious change. However, so far very little guidance exists in the literature on how such questions should be worded. Here we use data from three experimental studies to examine question wording effects with proactive dependent interviewing. Because we link data from one of the surveys to administrative records, we can examine not only different levels of change by format, but the accuracy of the change reports as well. Our results show that how questions about current status are worded affects the reporting of change. The overall results, including comparisons with administrative records, suggest that reminding respondents of their previous answer and then asking “Is that still the case?” produces the most accurate data on change and stability experienced by respondents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: panel survey, panel data, measurement error, record linkage, validation, proactive dependent interviewing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2019 13:14
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24498

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